Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 Topps Archives #156 Maikel Franco

Phillies 8, Mariners 2
Game 76 - Late Tuesday Night, June 27th in Seattle
Record - 25-51, 5th place, 20 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Overdue and Unnecessary Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 2

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola, Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr all contributed to this late night, 8-2 win in Seattle.

What It Means:  Maybe Freddy Galvis should get angry and yell at the team more often?

What Happened:  With the score tied at two in the seventh, Franco came through with a clutch solo home run (10).  Galvis added RBI singles in the eighth and ninth while Altherr capped the scoring with a two-run home run (13).  Aaron Nola cruised through seven innings, striking out nine and allowing two runs on five hits.

Featured Card:  Franco's season has been a disappointment so far, and his two hits in this game raised his average to a dismal .225.  I'll take an opportunity to feature one of the dozens of recent Franco cards whenever I get it, so here's his card from the recently released Topps Archives set.

This looks almost as good as a card from the 2017 Chachi set!  Too bad the designers didn't pay close attention to the detail of the original 1982 Topps set and use "3rd BASE" as his position instead of "THIRD BASEMAN".

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